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In our Western, post-Christendom society, much of Christianity's cultural power, privilege, and influence has eroded. But all is not lost, says bestselling author Gerald Sittser. Although the church is concerned and sobered by this cultural shift, it is also curious and teachable. Sittser shows how the early church offers wisdom for responding creatively to the West's incre In our Western, post-Christendom society, much of Christianity's cultural power, privilege, and influence has eroded. But all is not lost, says bestselling author Gerald Sittser. Although the church is concerned and sobered by this cultural shift, it is also curious and teachable. Sittser shows how the early church offers wisdom for responding creatively to the West's increasing secularization. The early Christian movement was surprisingly influential and successful in the Roman world, and so different from its two main rivals--traditional religion and Judaism--that Rome identified it as a "third way." Early Christians immersed themselves in the empire without significant accommodation to or isolation from the culture. They confessed Jesus as Lord and formed disciples accordingly, which helped the church grow in numbers and influence. Sittser explores how Christians today can learn from this third way and respond faithfully, creatively, and winsomely to a world that sees Christianity as largely obsolete. Each chapter introduces historical figures, ancient texts, practices, and institutions to explain and explore the third way of the Jesus movement, which, surprising everyone, changed the world.


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In our Western, post-Christendom society, much of Christianity's cultural power, privilege, and influence has eroded. But all is not lost, says bestselling author Gerald Sittser. Although the church is concerned and sobered by this cultural shift, it is also curious and teachable. Sittser shows how the early church offers wisdom for responding creatively to the West's incre In our Western, post-Christendom society, much of Christianity's cultural power, privilege, and influence has eroded. But all is not lost, says bestselling author Gerald Sittser. Although the church is concerned and sobered by this cultural shift, it is also curious and teachable. Sittser shows how the early church offers wisdom for responding creatively to the West's increasing secularization. The early Christian movement was surprisingly influential and successful in the Roman world, and so different from its two main rivals--traditional religion and Judaism--that Rome identified it as a "third way." Early Christians immersed themselves in the empire without significant accommodation to or isolation from the culture. They confessed Jesus as Lord and formed disciples accordingly, which helped the church grow in numbers and influence. Sittser explores how Christians today can learn from this third way and respond faithfully, creatively, and winsomely to a world that sees Christianity as largely obsolete. Each chapter introduces historical figures, ancient texts, practices, and institutions to explain and explore the third way of the Jesus movement, which, surprising everyone, changed the world.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    Simply the best history book on Christianity that I have read. It is less about names and dates and the little details but more about the overarching story of early Christian life. This is what happens when a pop-Christian author writes expertly on early Christianity. A book that is full of heart that inspires, but not the least bit dense. If someone asked me to direct them to a book about the history of the Church, regardless of their prior knowledge on the topic, this would be it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Conrade Yap

    Finding a middle path, a way that meanders between any extremes, or some "third way" has been the pattern among many movements in the path. Evolution sees it as "survival of the fittest." The secular world views it as natural selection. The business world thinks of new potential as a new wave. Whatever it is, the possibility of a new way in the midst of conflicting old ways is always a path of hope. In the Early Church, this "third way" is the Jesus Way. Jesus spoke about this as He moves among Finding a middle path, a way that meanders between any extremes, or some "third way" has been the pattern among many movements in the path. Evolution sees it as "survival of the fittest." The secular world views it as natural selection. The business world thinks of new potential as a new wave. Whatever it is, the possibility of a new way in the midst of conflicting old ways is always a path of hope. In the Early Church, this "third way" is the Jesus Way. Jesus spoke about this as He moves among two huge forces of resistance: Roman and Jewish. Followers of Jesus were also known as followers of "The Way." This way has resisted the Roman persecutions, the Hellenistic cultural forces and Jewish legalistic regimen. In doing so, this way of Jesus impacted the early centuries and is continuing to do so today. By studying the why and how of this Third Way, author Gerald Sittser helps us understand and learn from the resilient gospel of Jesus, and to see its relevance today in our increasingly challenging world. The recurring question that Sittser asks throughout the book is this: How did the Christianity flourish in the light of persecutions and inhospitable conditions? On top of these, they had to resist worldliness. They had to battle heresies. They had to endure being ostracised for their beliefs and lifestyles. Interestingly this "third way" disappeared overnight upon the official recognition of Christianity after Constantine's influence in AD313. It also took on negative perceptions due to the crusades, the Thirty Year War, and many other politicizing of Christianity. In our modern era, we are challenged with a post-Christian hostility, a Millennial scepticism, and the rise of new age spiritualities. In writing about faith and the resilience of the Christian beliefs, Sittser aims to help us see the future with hope even as the days appear dark and daunting. He does this by comparing and contrasting the old and new eras constantly. It flourished in the early centuries because it was deemed new and novel. It was also seen as a major threat to the pre-existing establishment then. During the persecution era, Christians pledged allegiance to Christ incurring the wrath of the Roman emperors. He begins this with a focused look at how the ecclesiastical tradition helped shaped faith through the ages. However, he soon discovers that it was not the Church per se, but the belief in Jesus that is more significant. The Third Way is the Jesus way. For in Christ, we see a bridge between the old and the new; the old world and the new world; the renewal movements and the desire for spiritual refreshment; etc. This pattern of renewed focus on Jesus and revival in the Spirit is what makes the Christian faith resilient. The Third Way overcame many challenges in the past. It overcame religious and political persecution in the early centuries. It overcame the politicizing of religion, or the Constantinian effect on the Church. It overcame the theological battles against heresies. It overcame the attacks on the Theology of Christ; Trinity; the Person of Jesus; etc. It overcame the cultural divide; language differences; ethnic distinctions; and many other divisive elements of society. While the Church played a huge part in preserving the Third Way, it is not ultimately the reason for the resilience of the Christian faith. For the Christian faith is more a movement rather than a monument. My Thoughts Christianity now has become post-Christian. No longer are we seeing the West as a Christian country. It has gone to the other extreme, to become like the Rome of yesterday, where the religion is the world. The world is increasingly secular, atheistic, and overwhelmingly hostile to anything to do with Christianity. Yet, during moments where things look dim and dark, it is heartening to take a look at history, and in spite of overwhelming difficulty, the faith continues to grow in leaps and bounds. The Third Way then is still the relevant Third Way today. This bears testimony to the living Christ. By tracing the historical resilience, Sittser shows us that what happened in the past could embolden believers today to remain hopeful in spite of marginalization of religion. This "something else" is about going back to the fundamentals of our faith. In our modern Church scene, people are seeing revival in terms of megachurches, loud music, attractive programming, and so on. Yet, these things are mere cultural adaptations where people adapt the faith to fit the cultural expectations. This will not make the faith any more resilient. A simple test would be this: Remove these expensive equipment, ambient atmosphere, comfortable chairs and fads, we would realize that only Christ makes all the difference. The early disciples didn't have what the modern church have. They don't even have any training from the theological curriculums of our modern seminaries! Their teacher is Jesus and their guide is the Holy Spirit. We too have the same Teacher and Guide because Jesus and the Holy Spirit is with us. One of the most famous words from Dr Richard Halverson, former chaplain to the US Senate was: "In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centering on the living Christ. Then the church moved to Greece, where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where it became an institution. Next it moved to Europe where it became a culture, and, finally, it moved to America where it became an enterprise." I would even add that today, it has become a nice add-on instead of the main thing. This book is heavy on Church history, and gives readers the foundation of understanding the unique challenges faced by the early church. We should not take the simplistic approach that in order to grow, we must replicate the past to reinvigorate the present. No. Instead, we should be encouraged by our ancestors who fought the good fight and finished the race. Every generation will have their own battles to face and to overcome. We shall overcome but only in Christ. For without Christ, we can do nothing. With Christ, nothing is impossible. The belief in this alone will not only continue the legacy of the Christian faith, it strengthens our faith too. Rating: 4.25 stars of 5. conrade This book has been provided courtesy of Brazos and NetGalley without requiring a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robin Langford

    Really interesting. I have appreciated Sittser’s books in the past. And truly liked this as well. He looked at different aspects of life, showing how each one was different for early Christians. I wanted more of the contrasts spelled out for me (perhaps my own lack of intellectual flexibility.) I think it could be possible for some within the Church to reason that Christians today are living a “Third Way,” when, in fact, to those not in the church the evangelical Christian way is neither appeali Really interesting. I have appreciated Sittser’s books in the past. And truly liked this as well. He looked at different aspects of life, showing how each one was different for early Christians. I wanted more of the contrasts spelled out for me (perhaps my own lack of intellectual flexibility.) I think it could be possible for some within the Church to reason that Christians today are living a “Third Way,” when, in fact, to those not in the church the evangelical Christian way is neither appealing nor different, merely a religious version of grabbing for power. This is why I wanted explicit contrasts, I think. I also hoped for some practical steps to take to move toward a Third Way. Again my lack of intellectual flexible... All in all, informative and engaging.

  4. 5 out of 5

    George P.

    Christianity in the United States is a mile wide but an inch deep. The faith, especially its Protestant variety, has exerted considerable influence on the nation’s history and culture. A supermajority of citizens continue to identify themselves as believers. On the whole, evangelical churches — where evangelical serves as a theological descriptor, not a political one — are holding steady even as liberal Protestant congregations and Roman Catholic parishes shed adherents. Despite these things, many Christianity in the United States is a mile wide but an inch deep. The faith, especially its Protestant variety, has exerted considerable influence on the nation’s history and culture. A supermajority of citizens continue to identify themselves as believers. On the whole, evangelical churches — where evangelical serves as a theological descriptor, not a political one — are holding steady even as liberal Protestant congregations and Roman Catholic parishes shed adherents. Despite these things, many Christians feel that their influence on the broader culture is slipping away. A partial explanation comes from the last two decades’ rapid rise of the “Nones,” that share of the populace that picks “None of the above” when asked by pollsters to select their religious affiliation. Radical shifts in public opinion about moral issues such as same-sex marriage, drug use, and voluntary euthanasia constitute an additional explanation. And the once unheard-of criticism of Christian charities, such as the Salvation Army, for continuing to uphold biblical standards of sexual morality offers still another explanation. None of these explanations, it should be noted, entail that America has entered a post-Christian phase. They do indicate that the nation is trending that way, however. If that trend worries you, I encourage you to read Gerald L. Sittser’sResilient Faith: How the Early Christian “Third Way” Changed the World. Sittser is professor of theology at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, where he also serves as a senior fellow and researcher in the Office of Church Engagement. In Resilient Faith, he offers an account of how the Early Church forged a “Third Way” between accommodation to the surrounding idolatrous culture and isolation from it. He states his thesis at the outset of the book: "[T]he early Christian movement became known as the Third Way because Jesus himself was a new way, which in turn spawned a new movement — new in theology, in story, in authority, in community, in worship, and in behavior. Christian belief was so new, in fact, that it required Christians to develop a process of formation in the Third Way to move new believers from conversion to discipleship. … Rejecting both accommodation and isolation, early Christians immersed themselves in the culture as followers of Jesus and servants of the kingdom of God." Over time, this third-way approach gained followers, and with increased followership, increasing influence. By the time Constantine converted to Christianity in A.D. 312, Christians already constituted a significant, though occasionally persecuted, minority within the Roman empire. Over the next century, they became the only legal imperial religion. The once powerless Church became powerful. Ironically and tragically, this power began to deform the Church. The Third Way became the First Way, integrity giving way to accommodation. Whereas the early Christian movement assumed that idolaters needed a rigorous form of discipleship, the so-called catechumenate, to mold converts into the faith and life of Jesus Christ, the post-Constantinian Church began to assume that everyone under the sway of a Christian emperor was Christian by default. The real faith of early Christians became the nominal faith of Christendom. And that tension between the real and the nominal brings us back to the feeling so many American Christians have that our cultural influence is slipping away. If it is — and I believe that it is — how should we respond? One response is simply for American Christians to engage in cultural and political warfare. While I am a proponent of informed Christian engagement in politics and culture, I worry that this response, however effective it may be in the short term, is ineffective in the long term. Sittser captures the gist of the dilemma when he writes: "If anything, the harder Christians fight, the more precipitous the decline will be, for cultural power and privilege will come at an increasingly high price. Christians will either accommodate until the faith becomes almost unrecognizable, or they will isolate until their faith becomes virtually invisible." The better response — the one called for by Jesus Christ himself — is the way of discipleship, “baptizing [the nations] in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20). According to that way, success is not defined in terms of the accrual of political power or cultural influence, though they may come, but by fidelity to the Lord Jesus Christ regardless of whether they come. He is the Way, so His way must become our way too. Until American Christians decide that fidelity is more important than power and privilege, their Christianity will continue to be a mile wide and an inch deep, though getting narrower and shallower every day. Book Reviewed Gerald L. Sittser, Resilient Faith: How the Early Christian “Third Way” Changed the World (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2019). P.S. If you like my review, please click "Helpful" on my Amazon review page.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    What can Christians today learn from the early church? That is what I hoped to learn by reading Resilient Faith by Gerald L. Sittser. I learned that and so much more. The author takes us on an extensive journey of Christianity. Using the Bible, writings from early church leaders and secular books on the history of Rome and the emergence of Christianity. It is clear, early on, that the church began to have problems once Gentiles were adopted into the faith. For example, when the Apostles were aliv What can Christians today learn from the early church? That is what I hoped to learn by reading Resilient Faith by Gerald L. Sittser. I learned that and so much more. The author takes us on an extensive journey of Christianity. Using the Bible, writings from early church leaders and secular books on the history of Rome and the emergence of Christianity. It is clear, early on, that the church began to have problems once Gentiles were adopted into the faith. For example, when the Apostles were alive, they made Israel's Bible (the Torah) the Christian Bible. They used it in worship, in sermons and quoted it in their writings. The church, during the time of Apostolic Leadership, kept the Sabbath on Saturday as God had commanded. Using the Torah, they were able to show new believers God's plan of redemption, starting at creation and would end with a new heaven and a new earth. For the disciples, the Torah was a "glorious narrative, and Jesus is at the center of it." The problems began after the apostles were all gone, and more and more Gentiles became believers. Unfortunately, unlike the gentiles of Jesus' time, these believers knew nothing of the Jewish Torah or the Jewish faith and began to separate themselves from it. The author covers a lot of ground about how and why the church separated itself from Jewish Christians, and it is an interesting read. The author included many quotes and notes from historical church figures like Eusebius, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp, and Irenaeus, among others. He also included Gnostic and heretical writings from Marcion of Sinope, who was expelled from the church as a heretic. I loved these bits of information because they began to show a picture of how quickly the church lost its focus as Jesus being the centre of all things. An interesting tidbit of history was on catechumenates and the very Catholic rituals that began to be observed during the 3rd century. New believers were put through a carefully choreographed initiation of examination, lessons, indoctrination, etc. before they were accepted as believers. The description left me feeling like the early church operated like a cult. Belief in Jesus and confession, along with repentance, just weren't enough. This 3rd-century ritualistic observation included the daily recitation of the Lord's prayer, daily exorcisms, anointings, confirmation, baptism and partaking of the Eucharist. These were all needed to become a Christian. But eventually, even this discipline in the early church faded. I am glad, as the more I read, the more it sounded like they were replacing faith with more rituals and laws to follow. If you are a student of the Word, you will enjoy this informative book on early church history. While I disagree with the author's conclusions as to how the 21st-century church should operate today to survive in a hostile world, it is still an interesting read. I received this book courtesy of Brazos Press and NetGalley for my honest opinion.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    An exploration into the faith and practice of the "early church" between the apostolic age and the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, following the pattern of the anonymous Letter to Diognetus. The author does so with a view to encourage Christians in a post-Christendom, more secular world, since Christians in this period maintained and promoted their faith despite official opposition. The author explores how early Christians did so with the Letter to Diognetus and the portrayal of Christianity as the An exploration into the faith and practice of the "early church" between the apostolic age and the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, following the pattern of the anonymous Letter to Diognetus. The author does so with a view to encourage Christians in a post-Christendom, more secular world, since Christians in this period maintained and promoted their faith despite official opposition. The author explores how early Christians did so with the Letter to Diognetus and the portrayal of Christianity as the "Third Way," not the "First Way" of the Romans or the "Second Way" of the Jews. He explored what we can know from early sources about their way of life at home and in the world, their assemblies, how they spoke of Jesus, their community, their balance of maintaining what was revealed by the Apostles between the various forms of heresy, and what many pagans found appealing about the faith. The real purpose of the work, revealed at the end, was the encouragement of the revival of some kind of the catechumate - a recognition that discipleship in faith cannot be expected to come from cultural mores or just unconscious absorption from society or even participation in the life of churches. The book does well at opening the reader's eyes to the world of early Christianity. The author is a bit too much of a cheerleader for many of the patristic authors, and exalts them highly. There is not as much about monastic life or about chastity as might be expected. He seems to fully affirm the hierarchical leadership formats which developed in early Christianity and finds no difficulty with them. The author is not wrong that modern discipleship practices are not sufficiently robust, and while much can be learned from the catechumate process, it would be helpful to modify it for modern purposes. Nevertheless, a good introduction to early Christianity for Christians who are generally woefully ignorant of this heritage, and all the more important since the world we inhabit is very much more like theirs than we might be willing to admit. **--galley received as part of early review program

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chad D

    The topic is perhaps the most urgent I know: how a pre-Christendom Christianity managed to be so winsome and effective despite being so counter-cultural. This book and Alan Kreider's (somewhat less accessible and engaging) Patient Ferment of the Early Church are the two best non-specialist books I know on the subject. If you care about being a winsome, effectively counter-cultural Christian in this post-Christendom era, you should expose yourself to these ideas. So this book is about the perfect The topic is perhaps the most urgent I know: how a pre-Christendom Christianity managed to be so winsome and effective despite being so counter-cultural. This book and Alan Kreider's (somewhat less accessible and engaging) Patient Ferment of the Early Church are the two best non-specialist books I know on the subject. If you care about being a winsome, effectively counter-cultural Christian in this post-Christendom era, you should expose yourself to these ideas. So this book is about the perfect product of a Christian academic press (Brazos Press). It's very user-friendly, written in a clear and accessible style, a good introduction to its topic. And it has an extensive and annotated bibliography in the back to guide further interest. But I know a fair bit about the early church (have read many of the books in that bibliography), and Sittser's points for a general audience seem faithful to the Christian-friendly scholarly consensus. He's done the research he doesn't flaunt and doesn't expect you to have done or do. He stocks his generalisations with lavish quotation from the early Christians themselves, so that said generalisations come alive in the voices of the people who lived them. Not written to impress anyone, or to break new ground, but to spread the good news, to educate. And it gets the job done.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Paul Dubuc

    For a very readable and interesting introduction to early Christianity, you can't do better than this book. Gerald Sittser draws on early documents of Christian belief and practice to present a picture of how Christian discipleship worked in the ancient world to forge a "third way" of life between the Judaism from which it sprung to the Roman paganism in which it endured, and thrived under, persecution for hundreds of years. Each chapter deals with an interesting characteristic of early Christia For a very readable and interesting introduction to early Christianity, you can't do better than this book. Gerald Sittser draws on early documents of Christian belief and practice to present a picture of how Christian discipleship worked in the ancient world to forge a "third way" of life between the Judaism from which it sprung to the Roman paganism in which it endured, and thrived under, persecution for hundreds of years. Each chapter deals with an interesting characteristic of early Christianity to present a compelling picture that has some challenging implications for the Church today. During the time period covered by the book, Christians were a persecuted minority. The lessons of how they endured and flourished in that environment to impact the world around them for good will help us today to understand how to live in a world that has rejected the core beliefs of Christianity. After laying a foundation for understanding, Sitter's conclusions at the end of the book merit serious consideration. I give this book my highest recommendation, along with other books by the author. This is a "must read" for all Christians and others interested in the early followers of Jesus Christ and what their example might mean for us today.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Resilient Faith: How the Early Christian "third Way" Changed the World by Gerald L. Sittser is a very good history of the Christian faith. Sittser writes of the beginnings of Christianity, its recognition as the "third Way" (in addition to Roman and Jewish beliefs), it becoming the recognized default religion in the West, and the challenges it faces today in an increasingly secular world. Sittser examines how the lessons and actions of the early church may be the answer to Christianity regaining Resilient Faith: How the Early Christian "third Way" Changed the World by Gerald L. Sittser is a very good history of the Christian faith. Sittser writes of the beginnings of Christianity, its recognition as the "third Way" (in addition to Roman and Jewish beliefs), it becoming the recognized default religion in the West, and the challenges it faces today in an increasingly secular world. Sittser examines how the lessons and actions of the early church may be the answer to Christianity regaining its place in the lives of people who have turned away from the church as well as helping to restore the moral compass our society seems to have lost. Highly readable and fascinating, this gets a 4-star review from me. Many thanks to NetGalley and Brazos Press for allowing me to read a copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This book is SO good! Sittser reflects on early Christian faith, and how it formed a "third way" to the dominant Roman and Jewish cultures of the day. He provides historical and theological reflections on the way early Christians worshipped, practiced spiritual disciplines, discipled and lived. The book is accessible and very enjoyable to read. Rather than drawing a lot of parallels on how we should be more like these Christians, he simply paints a picture of how they lived and leaves it with th This book is SO good! Sittser reflects on early Christian faith, and how it formed a "third way" to the dominant Roman and Jewish cultures of the day. He provides historical and theological reflections on the way early Christians worshipped, practiced spiritual disciplines, discipled and lived. The book is accessible and very enjoyable to read. Rather than drawing a lot of parallels on how we should be more like these Christians, he simply paints a picture of how they lived and leaves it with the reader to reflect on how we should to - which was powerful and effective.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joe Pajer

    Sittser makes a clear case that as the Christianization of society wanes (not an entirely bad thing) and secularization grows, that as Christians we ind ourselves in a situation that is more and more like that of the early Christians. Most helpfully, he pulls from his extensive research in early church history to exposit the dynamics behind how the early Christians survived and eventually grew into a faithful, witnessing and not insignificant presence in the world.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Henn

    Sittser is knowledgable of many sources, both Christian and Pagan, from the period of Christianity's beginning through the fourth century. How was the church viewed by outsiders? What fueled its rapid growth? How did the Church develop form and praxis? What battles did the church face in developing its core theology and what measures did it take to protect it? Sittser is knowledgable of many sources, both Christian and Pagan, from the period of Christianity's beginning through the fourth century. How was the church viewed by outsiders? What fueled its rapid growth? How did the Church develop form and praxis? What battles did the church face in developing its core theology and what measures did it take to protect it?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Very accessible--to lay persons as well as academics wanting to learn more about the early church. Sitter's insights about how the our predecessors navigated cultural issues while holding firm to the faith are particularly relevant for us today. I like this book so much that I'm going to be requiring this text in my pedagogy and catechesis course! Very accessible--to lay persons as well as academics wanting to learn more about the early church. Sitter's insights about how the our predecessors navigated cultural issues while holding firm to the faith are particularly relevant for us today. I like this book so much that I'm going to be requiring this text in my pedagogy and catechesis course!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Barkley

    Such a helpful history of early Christianity! It puts together pieces told separately elsewhere in a readable, brief whole. Very relevant to us today without that point being overtly made too much. Puts into context and explains the challenges that faced the first believers. I recommend to everyone who is a Christian or who is interested in Christianity.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Rodriguez

    This is a good, mostly-introductory work. I was most interested in the final two or three chapters, so in many ways, it felt like it was ending just when it started to get going. But I’d recommend this to many people who are totally disconnected from the Early Church.

  16. 5 out of 5

    John

    Very clearly written history of the early Christian church. Makes the first 400 years very clear as to how it relates to Christian belief today. Easy to read considering the fairly complicated topic. The "third way" is the church and how it changed the world during the first 400 years Very clearly written history of the early Christian church. Makes the first 400 years very clear as to how it relates to Christian belief today. Easy to read considering the fairly complicated topic. The "third way" is the church and how it changed the world during the first 400 years

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cassian Lynne

    4.25* Check out The Story Graph for my full review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mark Vanderwerf

    An accessible intro to the early church.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gavin Meeples

    A very good read. The material was presented simply with lots of quotes from the early Christian fathers. I thought there would be more "application" so to speak but the author presents the parallels between the Roman world and our modern-day world quietly and lets the reader join the dots. The book gave me a good overview of what life as an early Christian was like. The extended bibliography with the author's comments is invaluable and has increased the books on my reading list! A very good read. The material was presented simply with lots of quotes from the early Christian fathers. I thought there would be more "application" so to speak but the author presents the parallels between the Roman world and our modern-day world quietly and lets the reader join the dots. The book gave me a good overview of what life as an early Christian was like. The extended bibliography with the author's comments is invaluable and has increased the books on my reading list!

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